This statement has been released in response to a claim for deceit, lodged in the High Court, against Leeds City Council by Montpellier Estates.
A Leeds City Council spokesman said:
"We consider this to be an entirely desperate and vexatious claim."
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Andy Carter, Leeds City Council 07891 276792
Notes to editors
1. Montpellier’s legal claim relates to the terminated procurement competition for the selection of a developer for the Leeds arena which began in July 2007.
2. In November 2008, the council terminated the procurement competition as bids from short-listed companies were not affordable and did not provide value for money.
3. Following the termination of the competition, the council’s executive board decided that the city council develop the arena off Clay Pit Lane in Leeds city centre.
4. The Clay Pit Lane site had become available after the Castlemore bid for the Clay Pit Lane site, part-owned by Leeds City Council and the Leeds Metropolitan University, was cancelled earlier that year.